North Boone School District Discusses Cuts

By: Lauren Kravets
By: Lauren Kravets

POPLAR GROVE (WIFR) -- The North Boone School District is anticipating a budget deficit of more than a million dollars and tonight community members got the chance to hear where the district plans to make cuts.

Superintendent Steven Baule went over a long list that includes staff layoffs and changes to athletics including golf, soccer and wrestling. To keep those sports going, the district would need a sponsor.

The district would also request a waiver for the breakfast program and lengthen bus routes. All the cuts would save more than about $642,000.

"I think there's been every attempt made to try to make (the cuts) as minimal as possible. I can certainly envision where they could be worse than what they're proposing, still would rather not see them, particularly to our support staff," said North Boone High School teacher Debra Torrison.

The school board will vote on the personnel cuts at their March 21st meeting. The program changes will be voted on in stages as the district develops its 2013-2014 budget.

Community members also got information on the one percent sales tax referendum that will be on the April ballot. If approved, that money cannot be used for general education expenses, it could only be used for things like paying down bonds and for school building improvements.

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